Underutilized SSA Building Raises Questions

BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Sept. 19, 1982, was an historic day for Jamaica. Elected officials, civic leaders and business owners gathered to celebrate under a colorful tent on a vacant lot that was soon to be the site of a $92 million building – the new home to the Social Security Administration offices. The […]

QueensWay Plans Revealed At Workshops

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer During two workshops last week, residents got a more detailed look at what the QueensWay could look like if the proposed pedestrian/bike path were to become a reality. Representatives from the two design companies working on the QueensWay presented the most detailed plans to date at public workshops in Forest […]

Jamaica Sees Historic Investment

Jamaica Sees Historic Investment

Assemblyman William Scarborough (left) praised the efforts of Greater Jamaica in helping to bring the largest private investment in Jamaica in decades. Carlisle Towery (right), president of Greater Jamaica, was brought to tears while reflecting on the 12 years it took to bring the historic development to the area. BY NATALIA KOZIKOWSKA Staff Writer Last […]

Borough Wide: Burglary Pattern

BURGLARY PATTERN – The NYPD has added a number of incidents to a burglary pattern, where a suspect entered closed commercial establishments through the roof or air conditioner vent and removed money, scratch-off tickets or phone cards. The first incident occurred on Dec. 14, inside of Grand 99 Cents Store on Jamaica Avenue, within the […]

Woodhaven Blvd. Has Most Pedestrian Fatalities

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer Woodhaven Boulevard finds itself among the most dangerous roads for pedestrians, according to a report released last week. The major thoroughfare, which runs from Ozone Park to the Queens Center Mall, had eight pedestrian fatalities between 2010 and 2012, the most for any major street in the Borough. The report […]

Push to Create Liberty Ave. BID Begins

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer A local community leader is spearheading a project that hopes to give Liberty Avenue its own Business Improvement District. Although other major corridors in Queens, like Jamaica Avenue in Woodhaven, Myrtle Avenue in Ridgewood and Sutphin Boulevard in Jamaica have their own Business Improvement Districts, the same cannot be said […]

Woodhaven Native Drives Wienermobile

BY LUIS GRONDA Staff Writer If you see a giant hot dog on wheels strolling down your block, do not be alarmed: It is just the Oscar Mayer Wienermobile. The traveling hot dog car has been traveling across the country with a two-person crew, including Woodhaven native Amanda Vazquez. Vazquez became interested in going on […]